The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

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McTaggart AR, Roux J, Granados GM, Gafur A, Tarrigan M, Santhakumar P, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Rust (Puccinia psidii) recorded in Indonesia poses a threat to forests and forestry in South-East Asia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-015-0386-z
Doilom M, Shuttleworth LA, Roux J, Chukeatirote E, Hyde KD. (2015) Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Tectona grandis (teak) in Northern Thailand. Phytotaxa 233(1):1-26. 10.11646/phytotaxa.233.1.1 PDF
Rodas CA, Roux J, Maier W, Granados GM, Bolaños MD, McTaggart AR, Wingfield MJ. (2015) First report of Puccinia psidii on Corymbia citriodora and Eucalyptus in Colombia. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12223
Jimu L, Chen SF, Wingfield MJ, Mwenje E, Roux J. (2015) Three genetic groups of the Eucalyptus stem canker pathogen Teratosphaeria zuluensis introduced into Africa from an unknown source. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-015-0606-0
Jimu L, Kemler M, Wingfield MJ, Mwenje E, Roux J. (2015) The Eucalyptus stem canker pathogen Teratosphaeria zuluensis detected in seed samples. Forestry 10.1093/forestry/cpv037

FABI Events

2015-11-26 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Arista Fourie
Aquillah Kanzi - Identification of nuclear gene markers for Chrysoporthe species phylogeny.
Daniel Ali - Cryphonectriaceae on native Myrtaceae in South Africa.
Mandy Messal - Towards a mechanistic understanding on fungal community interactions in Eucalyptus using ecological genomics.
Lizel Potgieter - In silico characterisation of the GH28 family in Agaricomycota.
2015-12-02 08h00 TPCP/CTHB TREE PLANTING FABI nursery
All TPCP-CTHB students please join for a day of tree planting on the farm!